End-of-life care

Transfusions may benefit palliative care patients after all

Red blood cell transfusions appear to offer relief from symptoms of anaemia in most palliative care patients however more work needs to be done to optimise the use of donor blood in this setting. An international study of more than 100 patients found 78% of transfusions for symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, generalised weakness and dizziness led ...

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